Fall 2024 History UN2588 section 001

SPORT&SOC IN THE AMER-DIS

Call Number 10477
Points 0
Grading Mode Ungraded
Approvals Required None
Type DISCUSSION
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

What is the relationship of sport to politics, the economy, and social change? The current crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement have made this question even more urgent. This course explores the ways organized sport has constituted and disrupted dominant understandings of nation, race, gender, and sexuality throughout the Americas. Working from the notion that sport is “more than a game,” the class will examine the social, economic, cultural, and political impact of sports in distinct hemispheric American contexts from the late 19th century until the present. While our primary geographic focus will be the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean, the course encourages students to examine sports in other local, national, and transnational settings. During the summer session we will focus on three themes that exemplify the ways the sporting realm illuminates some of the pressing problems of our time: the conflicts engendered by the staging of mega-events such as the Olympics and World Cup; the impact of sports on the implementation of Title IX, and understandings of gender and sexuality; and football’s impact on the evolution of masculine identities in the U.S.. Course materials include works by historians, sociologists, social theorists, and journalists who have also been key contributors to the burgeoning field of sports studies.

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Department History
Enrollment 0 students as of 1:06PM Thursday, July 18, 2024
Subject History
Number UN2588
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note REQUIRED DISC for HIST UN2587; REGISTRATION DATE TBA
Section key 20243HIST2588W001